It happened so quickly. The words flew out of my mouth before I could lasso them back. There was no way to take them back. I prayed her ears did not hear it, but I couldn’t tell. I held my breath.
I was tired. I didn’t mean to say those words! The minute I heard myself say it I thought, “Oh no! I’m becoming one of those grumpy old women!”
And then I began to rethink all those sitcoms where the mother-in-law lashes out hurtful words. Ugh.
Thankfully, this time the recipient didn’t seem to catch my snarky remark, but there have been other times when my words have hurt someone I loved.
We are so human aren’t we?
We just have those moments when we don’t handle situations well. Some big. Some small.
Sometimes we are the offender, but sometimes we’re the one who is offended, hurt by another human who has “not so good” moments too. Even if the pain was intentional, the old saying is so true, “Hurting people, hurt people.”
We’re a mess! (Some of us a hot mess.)
Yet there is hope. His name is Jesus. And He came to redeem our messy self.
Read David’s words in Psalm 103.
Did you read the last verse? It promises that Jesus redeems our life from the pit.
I’ve been in some pits before. How about you? Sometimes I’ve voluntarily crawled into that pit after I’ve did or said something I regretted.
However, this scripture promises redemption.
According to Webster, redeem has many meanings. Here are a few:
To repurchase, to win or get back, to free from what distresses or harms, to free from captivity or pay ransom, clear a blame or debt, or to help overcome something detrimental, to make good, to offset the bad effect, to make worthwhile.
I really love this word. It’s been employed in many prayers I’ve prayed when I couldn’t take back less than good words, actions or decisions.
Especially when my kids were small. I prayed it a lot then!
The Book of Ruth Bible Study
I wrote about it in my Ruth Bible study, which is all about redemption.
Here’s an excerpt:
A few years back I was stuck on the word redeem. I don’t know why. I don’t remember if I participated in a Bible study about redemption or a song on the radio brought this concept to the forefront of my brain. Maybe it was a sermon. I can’t recall. But I do know that somewhere, somehow, I began to pray for God to redeem my daily mistakes—big and small.
I began to live with the peace and assurance that Jesus could and would redeem the painful words I lashed out to my kids on bad mommy days. I simply prayed with a very repentant, grieving heart, “God, please redeem it.”
That prayer has never ceased from my lips. I’ve needed it some days more than others. I think I’ll have to keep praying it as long as I’m human, covered in skin, in need of oxygen. Though I hope in time my spirit becomes less me and more like Jesus.
Every mistake, silly to serious, such as misspelling a literary agent’s name or adopting a puppy even with the likelihood my son’s allergies would flare up (which they did) or the huge blunder of hurting a friend’s heart—I’ve watched God redeem.
He takes those bad mistakes and uses them for something good, better, healthier. He’s not only redeemed me every day for eternity… He redeems my everyday. (Excerpt from The Book of Ruth Key Word Bible Study: A 31-day Journey to Hope and Promise).
Please Redeem It, Lord!
What about you? have you messed up lately? You’re not alone. But we have a Redeemer. Let’s give our failures to Him. He can take what’s bad and make something good of it. I’ve seen it! I promise.
All we have to do is pray this simple prayer, “Redeem it, Lord! Please!”
Sounds too easy, doesn’t it? Well, that my friends is called grace. We don’t earn His redemption. We simply pray for it–for those messy moments we want to take back. Jesus can do something better. He can use them for good.
Ephesians 1:7: In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
Prompt: In the definition above, in order for something to be redeemed it’s paid for. Here’s the definitions: To repurchase, to win or get back, to free from what distresses or harms, to free from captivity or pay ransom, clear a blame or debt, or to help overcome something detrimental, to make good, to offset the bad effect, to make worthwhile. Jesus did all that for us with His life. Write a prayer asking to understand this in new ways and how it affects not only your eternity but your today.
Isaiah 44:22: I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
Prompt: I think it’s so amazing that God redeems us before we are good. We don’t have to do anything accept return to Him. If you’re feeling like you’ve messed up, all you need to do is return it back to God. Pray, “Lord, here’s my mess. Here’s my sin. Here’s the words I can’t take back. I return myself and my mistakes to you. Redeem please.”
Psalm 107:2: Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
Prompt: Testify today! Tell somebody how Jesus has redeemed your life. :)
1 Corinthians 1: 26-30 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called.Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
Prompt: I love these verses. Read it several times. I love how it reminds us that God uses the weak, the foolish, the ordinary, and the things “that are not to nullify the things that are.” It is because of God’s kindness and wisdom that we’ve been redeemed. Thank Him for your weakness and need for Him today.
Revelation 1: 5-6 . . . and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood– and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father–to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Prompt: What did Christ make us when He redeemed us? We are a kingdom and priests serving God. Intentionally worship Him today and ask the Lord how you can serve Him as one of His priests today. We are redeemed!
Wednesday Night Live!
If you happen to have the night free, I’d love for you to join me on Facebook for a live teaching on redemption. We’ll break down some of these verses and dig deeper to better understand the freedom and grace of God. I’ll be on at 7:30 PM ET. Put on your stretchy pants, snuggle up with a blanket and hot drink, and bring your Bible! Here’s an example of what we do. This was a and teaching on worry.
P.S. This post first published in Feb. 2017. (But I added the reading plan!) It’s been a favorite.